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Turkey luncheon offered at Taft Field Campus

Oct. 21 event offered by Taft and the Oregon Park District

The Taft Campus' dining hall overlooks the Rock River in Lowden State Park. Photo supplied
The Taft Campus' dining hall overlooks the Rock River in Lowden State Park. Photo supplied

The Oregon Park District is teaming up with the Lorado Taft Field Campus to offer a luncheon and tour for the public.

“Thousands of people visit Taft Campus each year yet many that live close to it haven’t been out for years or haven’t visited at all,” said Oregon Park District Recreation Superintendent Tina Ketter. “The campus is usually closed to the general public but this event offers the perfect opportunity for local residents to visit.”

On Sunday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m., Taft will offer a homemade luncheon of baked turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, rolls, veggies, pumpkin bars and more.

A complimentary tour will be given by experienced Taft staff members following the luncheon.

The cost for the luncheon and tour is $15 for residents of the Oregon Park District and $18 for non-residents.

The park district will also offer other family-friendly activities such as crafts, games and music during the luncheon.

The campus will be open to participants to come as early as 1 p.m. to walk around the campus and stay open for participants until 6 p.m. to enjoy the scenery, hiking paths, buildings and more.

“Spend the whole afternoon with us or simply head out whenever you would prefer,” Ketter said. “Whatever you do, don’t miss out on this experience!”

Registration will be taken over the phone, online via or in person at Nash Recreation Center.

The deadline to register for this unique experience is Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“We hope you will join us out there,” Ketter said.

The Lorado Taft Field Campus is located inside Lowden State Park, located on River Road, one mile north of Ill. 64.

The 141-acre campus is owned and operated by Northern Illinois University as an outdoor education and conference center.

For more information or questions call Nash Recreation Center at 815-732-3101.

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